From the publisher:
Sometimes the happiness we’re looking for has been there all along…
Adele and Justine have never been close. Born twenty years apart, Justine was already an adult when Addie was born. The sisters love each other but they don’t really know each other.
When Addie dropped out of university to care for their ailing parents, Justine, a successful lawyer, covered the expenses. It was the best arrangement at the time but now that their parents are gone, the future has changed dramatically for both women.
Addie had great plans for her life but has been worn down by the pressures of being a caregiver and doesn’t know how to live for herself. And Justine’s success has come at a price. Her marriage is falling apart despite her best efforts.
Neither woman knows how to start life over but both realize they can and must support each other the way only sisters can. Together they find the strength to accept their failures and overcome their challenges. Happiness is within reach, if only they have the courage to fight for it.
Set in the stunning coastal town of Half Moon Bay, California, Robyn Carr’s new novel examines the joys of sisterhood and the importance of embracing change.
I haven’t read a new Robyn Carr book in what feels like a long time. I love her series, and when I discovered her, I read all of her series books and a few standalones. I recently watched the Netflix series based on her Virgin River books, and it was a bit of a disappointment. I loved those books and I thought enough time had passed so that I wouldn’t notice any egregious changes. I was wrong. But I was very happy to find this new standalone book.
Carr’s books fall into the romance and/or women’s fiction genres, and while this one has a bit of romance (I think most women’s fiction books do) that is not the focus. Instead, it is on the sisters and their relationship with each other. It is understandable that they are not especially close due to the twenty year age difference. Addie is the younger sister and has spent many years taking care of her sick parents. Once they pass, she is at a bit of a loss as to what to do with her life. She is still young, but never finished college.
Justine is a successful, workaholic lawyer, has children who are cared for by their stay-at-home dad. He works a bit in sales, but their income is largely based on Justine’s career. This has worked for them, until Addie spots her brother-in-law making out with a woman that is definitely not her sister. Justine is forced to face her husband’s infidelity and hires a private detective to find proof.
The sisters end up living together and form a new relationship and that twenty year difference doesn’t seem so important anymore. I enjoyed watching them grow and change, and was very glad for their happy endings. Carr is just a terrific storyteller. This was a quick read, and I recommend it.
6/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
SUNRISE ON HALF MOON BAY by Robyn Carr. MIRA; Original edition (April 14, 2020). ISBN 978-0778309482. 336 pages.
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